10 Budget Backpackers' Hostels Across India Offering Comfortable Stays Under Rs 500
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Wondering if a Kickstarter campaign could sponsor your summer vacay? We can't tell you not to be ridiculous pal, we're right beside you day dreaming up schemes to skip the heat. Don't let the lack of monies allow your travel plans to take a backseat, crash at these 10 backpackers' hostels and live to tell the tale till your next pay cheque!
1. Red Door Hostel
Hitting up good ol' Goa this month? Put your party hats on and knock on the Red Door at Anjuna - you'll be ushered into a palatial villa that's forever buzzing with excitement! With an on-site café and bar, fully equipped kitchen (midnight Maggi!), large common areas and a smattering of hammocks, it'll be a struggle to pry yourself away from this paradise.
Check In At | Red Door Hostel - 651/4, Dmello Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
Tariff | Rs 300 Onwards
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/reddoorhostelgoa/
2. Natura Ashram
Feel like you're the only one in your gang who hasn't been to Pondicherry yet? Well, here's something to lock in those Pondi plans fo' real! Escape the maddening crowds and mechanical routines and go back to basics at Natura Ashram. The peaceful enclosure is devoid of superficial luxuries and follows a simple way of living. If peace of mind and a tech detox are long due, head to Natura for a time-out RN!
Check In At | Natura Ashram - 62, 64, Bajanai Madam Street, Manjini Nagar, Muthialpet, Pondicherry
Tariff | Rs 400 Onwards
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/communityhostelpondicherry/
3. Jugaadus Eco Hostel
Smart living without compromising on the trademark Punjabi mehmaan-nawazi is just what you'll get at Jugaadus. They've got eco hacks like upcycled tables, bamboo dustbins and organic cotton mattresses to reduce their carbon footprint and even plan to introduce solar panels soon. Sign up for their food walks or village tours when in town!
Check In At | Jugaadus Eco Hostel - Above Salon 16, Near Kalra Hospital, Ajit Nagar, Sultanwind Road, Amritsar
Tariff | Rs 500 Onwards
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Jugaadushostel/
Zostel is touted as India’s first chain of branded backpackers' hostels and travellers swear by its super fun community living ideals and cultural diversity. Aiming to "Change the way India travels", their network of centrally located, hygienic and safe dorms has penetrated all crevices of the country. No kidding - they even have an outpost in Spiti!
Check In At | Zostel - Agra, Bir, Chennai, Delhi, Goa & Other cities
Tariff | Rs 299 Onwards
Book Your Stay Online Here | https://www.zostel.com/book/
Browse Through Their Website | https://www.zostel.com
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Zostel/
If you're looking to explore some offbeat wonders in Rajasthan, book Moustache right away! We're lovin' the sheer joie de vivre vibe here and the quirky décor reflecting elements from our ethnicity and heritage. They practise sustainable tourism, which targets unknown routes for the guests while creating a positive impact on the local community. Take the road less travelled with 'em!
Check In At | Moustache - Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur & Agra
Tariff | Rs 179 Onwards
Book Your Stay Online Here | http://www.moustachehostel.com
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/moustachehostel
6. Youth Hostels Association Of India (YHAI)
Those of you who've only got one thing on their 2017 bucket lists *TRAVEL*, go for the membership programs at YHAI. Their cheap, easily accessible and well-maintained rooms are a solid option for those living out of a suitcase. We swear on Aslam's Butter Chicken – it really is 250 bucks for a 2 year membership. The best thing about YHAI is the added perks that you can cash in at their 90 hostels across the globe!
PS - Keep an eye out for their mountaineering, sailing and trekking expeditions around the year!
Check In At | Youth Hostels Association Of India - Delhi, Manali, Mysore, Darjeeling & Other Cities
Tariff | Rs 400 Onwards
Book Your Stay Online Here | https://hotels.eglobe-solutions.com/yhaihotels/Booking/Detail/15090#bookingsteps
Browse Through Their Website | http://www.yhaindia.org
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/youthhostelassociationofindia
7. Jungle By The Hosterworld
Feel your jetlag melting into thin air as fresh energy courses through your veins in the lap of nature! The hostel is located amidst actual jungles and offers a pocketful of Goa that you've prolly not seen yet (think secret waterfalls and spice plantations). Also, there is an all-girls dorm available if you’re landing with your girl clique!
Check In At | Jungle By The Hosterworld - 486, Vagator Beach Road, Goa
Tariff | Rs 300 Onwards
Book Your Stay Online Here | https://thehostelcrowd.cloudbeds.com/reservas/FzYHGV?referral_id=22#checkin=2018-06-02&checkout=2018-06-03
Browse Through Their Website | http://thehostelcrowd.com/junglehostel/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/junglehostel/
8. That Crazy Hostel
Tucked away in one of the most happening places in Goa, Anjuna Beach, That Crazy Hotel offers great stay options only for Rs 199 per bed for non-AC rooms. While the air-conditioned dorms are priced at Rs 299 per bed, and along with this, these guys also have an amazingly LIT bar that offers a whopping 100 cocktails! You can also lounge at their library, play at their game room and even take their rental bikes and bicycles for a ride.
Where | That Crazy Hostel - 1049/1 A, B & C, Peddem Village Of Anjuna, Goa
Tariff | Rs 199 Per Bed Onwards
Call Them For Reservations | +91 9607 465 191
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/thatcrazyhostel/
9. The Hostelcrawl
If you have been waiting for that acceptance letter from Hogwarts ever since your read Harry Potter, then The Hostelcrawl is where you need to be! This hostel will leave you awestruck with the amazing wall paintings, which have scenes from Harry Potter painted all over! This place is located right next to the breath-taking Lake Pichola and has a beautiful rooftop, displaying some of the BEST views of the city! You can go for a 4-bed or 6-bed dorm or a private room with a double bed. So book your stay here NOW for some really nice Harry Potter discussions, some amazing sunset views and a host of new friends!
Where | The Hostelcrawl - Hill Crown Palace, Udaipur
Tariff | Rs 224 Onwards
Call For Reservations | +91 9461 854 320
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/thehostelcrawl/
10. HOTs Hostel
HOTs Hostel is every traveler’s paradise and we’ll tell you exactly why we’re gushing about them. Touted as India’s first ever hiking hostel, they have traditional rooms made with mud and stones offering panoramic mountain views! You can take a dip in the river flowing right next to the hostel and go out trekking, try your hand at farming; hop on for open jeep ride, settle in for a relaxing yoga session and lots more to do here! In addition, you can also happily while away a gorgeous evening at their open air cafe. Offering both bedrooms and dorms for men and women starting at just Rs 399 a night, they promise you a relaxed and memorable time here in Almora! So pack your bags and head on over!
Where | HOTs Hostel - Mangaltha Linguntha Village, Sheraghat, Almora, Uttarakhand
Tariff | Rs 399 Onwards
Book Your Stay Online Here | http://www.hotshostel.com/accommodations/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/hotshostels/
Most hostels are equipped with free WiFi, hot showers, complimentary breakfast and the works. Packing your bags already? Bon voyage!
P.S : Tariffs are recorded on 2nd June, 2018 and may be subject to change.